A few weeks ago, I met up with my friend Nikki Star, founder of WTFrenchie.com and the travel blog Where's The Frenchie? to make homemade dog food for our 4 french bulldogs.
We decided to go this route after finding out what actually goes into our dog's kibble. Even in the best, most expensive, specifically-formulated dog foods - you know, the grain free, limited ingredient kinds that cost an arm and a leg (think Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Royal Canin etc.)- are TONS of artificial dyes, preservatives, and other additives that can contribute to a slew of health problems.
A lot of dogs have long-term allergies that manifest in different ways, such as inflamed paws (between the toes mostly), tear stains, hives and hot spots, just to name a new.
We have found some of these problems have been alleviated since we started our dogs on this food! Definitely less itchies (frenchie mom term), farts, and softer coats! We anticipate seeing more benefits as the dogs continue on this food.
Below is the recipe we used in our first batch, which was made with a beef formula. Today we made a salmon and quinoa blend (spoiled, we know smh) that the dogs gobbled up. Posting that soon :)
6 lb protein (we used beef, 85% fat, 15% lean)
3 cans (16 oz) kidney beans
3 cans (16 oz) black beans
4-5 bags of frozen vegetables (peas, green beans, spinach, carrot/cauliflower)
3 tbsp canola/olive oil
3 tbsp coconut oil
Any supplement/vitamin you like (We used crushed up calcium powder, a probiotic supplement for dogs and a joint supplement for dogs–We are considering adding turmeric next)
Cook the meat with 3 tbsp canola or olive oil and drain the excess fat.
In a large bowl, mix the meat, beans (rinsed), vegetables (make sure to thaw a bit), 3 tbsp coconut oil and supplement.
Spoon into ziplock bags and freeze until ready to use. That’s it!
In our video, we go into more detail about portion size, how much it usually makes, price and more! We’ll be making more of these videos so feel free to leave any questions or requests in the comments below–enjoy!